27.10.1441 AH /19.06.2020 CE
GUIDANCE REGARDING SOLAR, LUNAR ECLIPSES
According to astronomical reports, Insha Allah a Solar Eclipse is expected to occur on Sunday, 21st of June, and a Lunar Eclipse is expected on Sunday, 05th of July this year.
According to reports, the Solar eclipse that is to occur on Sunday, 21st of June is expected to be visible in many parts of the globe as an ‘Annular Solar Eclipse’, while in Sri Lanka this may appear as a partial Solar Eclipse between 10.29 am to 01.19 pm (Colombo Time).
The lunar eclipse that is to occur on Sunday 05th of July, is expected to be a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse and based on astronomical reports, this may not be visible to Sri Lanka.
The Prophet (PBUH) has said, “The sun and the moon are two signs amongst the signs of Allah; they do not eclipse on the death or life of anyone. So when you see the eclipse, Remember Allah and say Takbir, offer Prayers and give Sadaqa.”
(Saheehul Bukhari – 1044)
If anyone sights the Solar Eclipse or if many people have reported to have sighted the Eclipse which is expected to occur on Sunday, 21st of June, the Eclipse prayer could be performed.
As performing the Eclipse prayer in congregation is an emphasized Sunnah, the ACJU Hilaal Division urges the Masjid Trustees and Ulama to make arrangements to conduct this Prayer in congregation, while abiding by the related guidelines, limitations on the number of persons permitted and social distancing measures according to the instructions issued by the Health Authorities.
Ash Shaikh M. Abdul Wahhab
Coordinator – ACJU Hilaal Division
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama
Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmathullaahi Wa Barakaathuhu
Regarding the performance of Jumu’ah Prayer on 2020.06.19
1. Indeed, there is no doubt that each and every person would be eager to perform the Jumu’ah prayer. However, as it is not possible to accommodate everyone for Jumu’ah prayers under the current situation, those who are compelled to forego Jumu’ah will undoubtedly receive the reward of actually performing Jumu’ah.
2. As it is not possible to accommodate everyone for Jumu’ah prayers while maintaining social distancing within Jumu’ah Masjids, the Waqf Board, Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs Dept. (MRCA) and the ACJU has issued guidelines to utilize Zaaviyahs, Thakiyyahs and other suitable locations to perform the Jumu’ah prayers by obtaining the necessary permissions from the relevant Authorities.
3. In this regard, everyone is kindly requested to fully cooperate with the Masjid Trustees, and only those who have been permitted to perform Jumu’ah are requested to do so; while others are kindly requested to perform the Luhar prayers, on time, in congregation, at their respective places.
4. We request the Masjid Trustees and the ACJU Divisional Branches to collectively decide on an appropriate method for granting permission to perform Jumu’ah.
5. It should be ensured that the related permissions that have been granted should not be violated due to our misconduct under any circumstances.
6. Currently, as the Government has granted permission to perform Jumu’ah prayers, it is obligatory that Jumu’ah is performed by the number of persons permitted by the Government at possible venues by obtaining necessary approvals from the Authorities. It is not permissible to neglect this obligation while having the capability to perform it.
7. It is incorrect to forego the performance of Jumu’ah, citing the reason that only few shall have the opportunity to perform Jumu’ah and many others may not.
Ash Shaikh M.L.M. Ilyas
Secretary – Fatwa Committee
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama
Assalamu Alaikum Warahmathullaahi Wa Barakaathuhu
Guidance on conducting Jumuah during the present COVID-19 situation
Conducting Jumuah is from amongst the fundamentals of the religion. Many a guidance has been provided and specific conditions have been mentioned in regards to it. It is incumbent upon every Muslim to adhere to them. Furthermore, considering the unfamiliar situation of COVID-19, it is also important to follow the guidelines issued by the relevant officers and the Ministry of Health when holding a Jumuah congregation.
1. The health officers have limited the number of people gathering at religious sites, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Gathering in numbers exceeding the said limit should be avoided.
2. According to the Shafie School of Thought (Mad’hab), a minimum of 40 matured males, who are permanent residents, is required for the validity of Jumuah Prayer. Hence, if due to space constraints, or permission not being granted by the officers, or for any other reason, the number of attendees is less than 40, then Luhar Salah has to be conducted.
3. A concession could be provided to conduct Jumuah at various venues in a town, due to space constraints. Considering the above and the fact that performing Jumuah Prayers is not possible while maintaining Social distancing, Jumuah Prayers could be conducted at Jumuah Masjids as well as other Masjids, Thakkiyas, Zaviyas, etc. However, advice should be sought from the branch Jamiyyahs and permission should be taken from the health officers before taking the above mentioned steps. Moreover, should the Health Officials (PHI) grant permission, Jumuah could also be conducted at Madrasas, Halls and public places.
4. Generally, if one is unable to attend Jumuah prayers due to illness, travel, fear, rain or any other restrictions, he will be exempted from performing the Jumuah Prayers.
5. Since the government has restricted the number of people that could gather in a place, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and keeping in mind the difficulty in maintaining Social distancing whilst performing Jumuah, praying Luhar would suffice for those who are unable to attend the Jumuah prayers. In a state of compulsion, if one is unable to perform Jumuah prayers, it will not be deemed a sin; instead, he will be rewarded.
6. The residents should fully cooperate with their respective Masjid administrators in this matter; and those who are able to may conduct the Jumuah prayers, while others should conduct the Luhar prayers.
7. Be mindful of the instructions provided by the Waqf Board and the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs too, as they are responsible for the affairs of the Masjids of the country.
Note: The concession granted to conduct Jumuah in many places is valid only during the period of the COVID-19 crisis. Once this crisis is over and the nation reverts back to normalcy, the practice of conducting Jumuahs in many venues should discontinue, and Jumuahs should be conducted only in places where they used be conducted before the crisis. This would be in accordance to the religious rulings in regards to Jumuah.
Those who are unable to conduct Jumuah prayers in many venues of a town, in the manner mentioned, could contact the Fatwah Division on their hotline: 0117490420.
“Allah is the All Knowing”
Secretary – Fatwa Division
All Ceylon Jammiyyathul Ulama
Opinion regarding disposal of COVID-19 affected human remains
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious the Most Merciful
Our opinion (fatwa) has been sought with regard to the permissible mode of disposal of the remains of persons who have succumbed to COVID-19.
The fatwa committee has submitted an exhaustive report on this issue. We have taken note of the opinions of established Islamic scholars and the Qur’anic injunctions referred to in the report.
We note that all four schools of Islamic jurisprudence are unanimous that the only permissible method of the disposal of the remains of a deceased is by burial. A departure from this rule is recognized only in exceptional and unavoidable circumstances. A recognized exception is that of a person dying whilst on a sea journey, and access to land within a reasonable time is not feasible. Upon a consideration of all the available text and Qur’anic injunctions in the light of available scientific material, we are of the opinion that a departure from this general rule to justify cremation in the disposal of COVID-19 affected human remains is not permissible for the reasons set out below.
We note that it has been almost universally recognized that the burial of deceased COVID-19 patients is an accepted method of disposal. This is subject to the adoption of recognized measures, if need be, in certain circumstances to prevent the transmission of the disease by the pollution of water or by rodents. To the best of our knowledge Sri Lanka and perhaps China appear to be the only countries to have confined the disposal of human remains affected by the COVID-19 virus to cremation.
The World Health Organization (WHO) in its Guidelines issued on 24.03.2020, for the disposal of COVID-19 infected human remains observed as follows.
“People who have died from COVID-19 can be buried or cremated (WHO, 2020).”
We have also taken note of Chapter 2.7 of the General Guidance for the management of the dead related to COVID-19 issued by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) which also mentions that
“Cremation of unidentified human remains should be avoided, and burial in single graves is the preferred method of disposal. (Finegan, et al., 2020)”
Hence, we are satisfied that the recognized international public health organizations are of the opinion that the available scientific material does not warrant a departure from the Islamic requirement that the remains of a deceased COVID-19 patient should be buried and not cremated. In any event, the availability of recognized precautionary measures to counter the possibility of the transmission of the disease, in case of burials, has not been properly appreciated by the public health authorities in Sri Lanka.
We wish to emphasize that Islam enjoins us to obey the law. Therefore, this opinion should not be understood as a justification to disobey the law.
We have made representations to the authorities to reconsider their decision to prohibit burials of deceased COVID-19 patients. We reiterate our position that there should be a free choice and that we Muslims, should be granted the option to conform to the religious requirements of our faith that such deceased persons should be buried. We are saddened by the fact that our representations and that of medical personnel and activists did not find favour with our public health authorities.
We appeal to all citizens to co-operate with the government to eradicate the virus from our motherland. May Almighty Allah bless us and keep us all safe.
Mufthi M.I.M. Rizwe
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama
TIMELINE OF STEPS TAKEN AGAINST COVID-19 BY ACJU
Let us pray for those who are affected by the Coronavirus epidemic
Seeking protection against deadly diseases like Corona – Supplications (Duas) to be recited. https://twitter.com/ACJUNEWS/status/1237985313416339456 -
Protecting ourselves from the Corona Virus epidemic.
Recitation of ‘Kunooth’ in the five daily prayers, seeking protection from the Corona Virus.
Request to shorten the Khuthba Sermon for 15 Minutes
Announcement to suspend all public gatherings at Mosques including Jumu’ah and daily congregational prayers.
A Request to the Muslim Community of Sri Lanka to refrain from conducting public gatherings, Friday Jumu’ah and daily congregational prayers at Mosques until further notice.
Tamil - https://bit.ly/2RMawwE
Sinhala - https://bit.ly/2xCr5Ec
English - https://bit.ly/2RPdrEC
Guidelines to be observed to prevent the spreading of Corona Virus.
Extracts from the Statement issued on 15.03.2020 regarding Corona Virus
Announcement of Special Hotline services by ACJU, for clarifications on ‘Covid-19 Guidelines’ and related Fatwa queries.
Observing fasts and praying for the quick recovery of the victims of Covid-19
Note of Gratitude to all those who are striving towards the eradication of Covid-19 epidemic, risking their own lives, especially to the officials of the Defense and Health Sectors. Trilingual - https://twitter.com/ACJUNEWS/status/1240234109076557829
Let’s honor the time of Jumu’ah and engage in acts of worship at home
Abiding by the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health with responsibility.
Tamil - https://acju.lk/news-ta/acju-news-ta/item/1868-2020-03-23-15-52-10
Audio Message – Tamil
The above message was conveyed by Ash Shaikh A.C. Agar Mohamed, Deputy President of ACJU - https://youtu.be/auMGyan2UNA
Help those in need and attain the mercy of Allah
A message to the ACJU District & Divisional Branches on initiating and engaging in ‘Relief Aid’ efforts by obtaining the relevant permission from the local Government authorities.
Video Message (Tamil) on the above by Ash Shaikh M.M.A. Mubarak -
‘Regarding the burial of the Janaza of Muslim COVID-19 victims’- A Letter was sent to HE President, Hon. PM, Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva - Head of the Corona Prevention Unit.
A delegation including the Members of the ACJU, had a meeting with the Inspector General of Police (IGP), with regard to providing guidance and awareness to the Muslim community on abiding by the rules during Curfew and following the regulations of quarantine, at the Police Head Quarters.
‘An Appeal to help those in Need’ by Ash Shaikh A.C. Agar Mohamed – Vice President of ACJU. Audio - https://youtu.be/gYmGOmc-t-I
Guidelines to be observed regarding the final rites of a Muslim during this period.
Guidance to the Muslim Community on spiritual aspects and abiding by the instructions of the authorities in these critical situations, by Mufti M.I.M. Rizwe.
A joint media conference held with the participation of ACJU, MRCA, Waqf Board.
Video - https://youtu.be/LvkcY1ilUHk
An important announcement jointly issued by Sri Lanka Police Headquarters and ACJU
Tamil - https://youtu.be/pawB4W2vXUU
Sinhala - https://youtu.be/wXuEBtkhFYk-
English - https://youtu.be/SJlIHJoX-qA -
ACJU Condemns the Performance of Religious Activities Congregationally and Spreading of False Rumors
Islamic Ruling pertaining to performing the final rites of the Janaza of COVID – 19 victims.
Video Message (Tamil) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32M89cUvlyI
‘Guidelines on abiding by the regulations during Curfew and during the curfew break’, conveyed by Ash Shaikh Abdul Khaliq, Vice President of ACJU.
Video - https://youtu.be/9vIczgXX96k
A delegation including members of ACJU, had a meeting with Commander of the SL Army - Lt. General Shavendra Silva, with regard to disposal of deceased bodies of COVID-19 victims, at the Army Headquarters.
A delegation including the Members of the ACJU, had a meeting with the Hon. Minister of Health, Madam Pavithra Wanniararchchi, with regard to disposal of deceased bodies of COVID-19 victims, at the Ministry of Health.
Mufti M.I.M. Rizwe, President of ACJU provided a clarification with regard to the final rites of the Negombo COVID-19 victim and the actions taken by different parties including ACJU, on the autopsy of the Janaza.
Regarding the burial of the Janaza of Muslim COVID-19 victims’, a letter was sent to HE President, Hon. Prime Minister, Head of the Corona Prevention Unit – Lt. General Shavendra Silva, Hon. Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Dr. Anil Jasinghe
A message on ‘Minimizing the spread of Corona Virus’ was conveyed by Ash Shaikh A.C. Agar Mohammed, Deputy President of ACJU.
Video - https://youtu.be/i-pn-WnESiU
A message on, ‘The duty of all citizens to obey the rule of the country in curbing the Corona Virus epidemic’ was delivered by Ash Shaikh M.M.M. Murshid, Asst. General Secretary of ACJU.
Audio - https://youtu.be/j0HpP1Ad2X0
ACJU expresses its disappointment with regard to revising the method of disposal of the COVID-19 bodies
Requesting to perform the ‘Ghaib’ Janaza prayers for the victims of COVID-19.
Mufti M.I.M. Rizwe, President of ACJU conducted a meeting with Muslim Intellectuals on providing guidance to the Muslim community on the contemporary issues and matters related to Janaza of COVID-19 victims.
Brief method of ‘Ghaib’ Janaza prayer with recitals
A brief explanation on Burial or the Cremation of dead body of the confirmed Corona patient by Mufthi M.I.M. Rizwe- President of ACJU.
Video - https://youtu.be/Ejnz9tGBrD4
‘Let’s stay at home’
‘Follow the laws and regulations imposed by government and authorities’
Joint Statement by the Muslim Religious and Civil Societies.
‘Let’s Save lives by fighting together against Covid-19’, by Ash Shaikh A.C. Agar Mohamed Deputy President of ACJU.
Video - https://youtu.be/hnLrog80xxw
Let us pray for relief from this calamity and to be bestowed with a prosperous life
Teachings of Hadiths on Guidance to be followed during a pandemic
‘Staying at home is an 'Ibadah' (worship), during the present situation’ by Ash Shaikh Arqam Nooramith – Executive Member of ACJU.
Audio - https://youtu.be/7vUXYKQwqTY
Let us abide by the timely Guidance, issued previously, regarding the pandemic situation
Ramadhaan Guidance under the current pandemic situation
‘Helping our neighbors during the current situation.’ by Ash Shaikh Hashim Soori, Executive Member of ACJU
Audio - https://youtu.be/6QHzVNetBzE
Appeal to fulfil the needs of the Masjid Imams, Madrasa Usathads and Muallims during this critical situation – Attention Masjid Trustees and Madrasa Directors.
Madarasa Board - https://acju.lk/news-ta/acju-news-ta/item/1915-2020-04-18-09-20-44
Masjid Trustees - https://acju.lk/news-ta/acju-news-ta/item/1914-2020-04-18-09-17-53
‘Give charity (Sadaqa) and obtain the Mercy of Allah, in the current situation.’ by Ash Shaikh S.L. Nawfer, Executive Member of ACJU.
Audio - https://youtu.be/T-uhGIb_t14
ACJU District and Divisional Branches were requested to make efforts to provide relief aid to those under Curfew or Self-quarantined within their houses.
Ramadhaan Guidance under the current pandemic situation.
Tamil - https://youtu.be/gdxHNGUIGsM
Sinhala - https://youtu.be/uEeIvY0xLUc
English - https://youtu.be/IqyB0_dqCOo
Fatwa Guidance - 'Does the Covid-19 test, nullify the Fast?'
Fatwa Guidance – ‘Should those in 'Quarantine', observe Fasts?’
Guidelines to be followed during the ‘Temporary Curfew Break’
Important guidelines with regard to the current situation by Ash Shaikh Agar Mohammad Deputy President of ACJU.
Audio Tamil - https://youtu.be/Wg90bEEagIg
Guidelines to be followed during the ‘Temporary Curfew Break’ and remaining days of Ramadhaan.
Joint Statement on celebrating Eid ul Fitr Festival, under the current pandemic situation.
‘Being steadfast in Salaah during these difficult times’.
Religious Ruling – ‘Does a COVID 19 Screening Test nullify the fast?’
ACJU sent a letter to Dr. Anil Jasinghe (Director Gen. of Health Services):
‘Clarification on the ambiguity on burying the ashes of a Muslim who succumbed to COVID-19 and request to reverse the stance by permitting burial.’
Performing Salaah in Congregation with the Family, under the current pandemic situation.
ACJU sent a letter to Minister of Health Hon. Min. Pavithra Wanniarachchi, requesting to reverse the stance by permitting the burial of Covid-19 victims.
Guidelines regarding the last days of Ramdhaan and the Day of Eid, under the current pandemic situation.
How to perform ‘Eid-ul-Fitr Prayers’, at Home, under the current pandemic situation.
ACJU condemns the unfortunate incident which occurred Maligawatte, which occurred during the prevailing curfew period.
Guidelines related to performing the ‘Eid’ Prayers, under the current pandemic situation.
ACJU Message on Eid-ul-Fitr & Prayers to ease current pandemic situation.
ACJU ‘Eid Wish’ & Prayers to ease current pandemic situation
2020.05.24 / 1441.10.01
ACJU Message on Eid-Ul-Fitr
The ACJU conveys its greetings, on the blessed Day of Eid-Ul-Fitr, to all Muslims who had observed fasts and engaging in good deeds in the Month of Ramadhaan, and are celebrating Eid today, despite the prevailing Covid-19 crisis. We pray that Almighty Allah accepts our Fasts and showers the best of His rewards abundantly upon all of us.
Considering the safety of the country and its people from the effects of Covid-19, arrangements should be made to celebrate Eid in a simple manner within our homes and among our household members, abiding by guidelines of the Health and Govt. authorities with responsibility.
We pray to Almighty Allah to bless us with unity and determination to strive to protect our Motherland from this infectious disease.
On this blessed Day, while observing the Islamic practices according to its Teachings, we should pray for our Motherland and for the entire world to be relieved from the effects of this pandemic.
On this Day of Eid, the ACJU wholeheartedly extends its gratitude towards the Government, Health Authorities, Tri-Forces, Police officers, and all other front liners who are striving continuously to serve the Nation with utmost dedication despite the tough conditions.
Ash Shaikh M.S.M. Thassim
Assistant Secretary - ACJU
Assalamu Alaikum Warahmathullaahi Wa Barakaathuhu!
Guidelines Regarding the Eid-Ul-Fitr prayers for this year
سُبْحَانَ اللهِ، وَالْحْمدُ لِلّهِ، وَلَا إِلهَ إِلَّا اللهُ، وَاللهُ أَكْبَرُ
Furthermore, a Verse from the Quran must be recited in both the Khutbahs. The second Khutbah must be concluded with Dua, by supplicating for the believers: اللهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِلمُؤمِنِيْنَ والمُؤْمِنَاتِ] A sample Khutbah has been attached.
Ash Sheikh M.L.M. Ilyas
Secretary – Fatwa Division
All Ceylon Jammiyyathul Ulama
Ash Shiekh I.L.M. Hashim Shoori
Supervisor – Fatwa Division
All Ceylon Jammiyathul Ulama
Ash Sheikh Mufti M.I.M. Rizwe
All Ceylon Jammiyyathul Ulama
A Sample Eid Khutbah which can be read
First Khutbah :
اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ وَالصًّلاَةُ وَالسَّلَامُ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلّى الله عَلَيْهِ وَسَلًّمَ. أٌمّا بَعْدُ
يَا أًيُّهَا النَّاسُ اتَّقُوا الله قَالَ الله تَعَالىَ أَعُوْذُ بِالله مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيْمِ بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ إِنَّا أَعْطَيْنَاكَ الْكَوْثَرَ فَصَلِّ لِرَبِّكَ وَانْحَرْ إِنَّ شَانِئَكَ هُوَ الأَبْتَرُ
وقال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: ((الدِّين النَّصِيحَةُ))
أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ لِيْ وَلَكُمْ فَاسْتَغْفِرُوْهُ إنَّهُ هُوَ الغَفُوْرُ الرَّحِيْمُ
Second Khutbah :
اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ وَالصلاة والسَّلَامُ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ. أمَّا بَعْدُ
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اتَّقُوا اللهَ قَالَ اللهُ تَعَالى أَعُوذُ بِاللهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ اللَّهُ الصَّمَدُ لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌ
وَارْضَ اللّهُمَّ عَنِ الخُلَفَاءِ الأَرْبَعَةِ وَجَمِيْعِ الصَّحَابَةِ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمْ أَجْمَعِيْنَ.
اللهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِلمُؤمِنِيْنَ والمُؤْمِنَاتِ والمُسْلِمِينَ والمُسْلِمَاتِ
بِرَحْمَتِكَ يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِيْنَ
Message of Condolence from ACJU on the demise of Marhoom Dr. M.A.M. Shukri
The message of the demise of Dr. M.A.M. Shukri brings great grief to all of us.
Marhoom Dr. M.A.M. Shukri who was one of the most prominent educationalists of Sri Lanka, and the Director of ‘Jaamiyya Naleemiah’ Institute of Islamic Studies – Beruwala, passed away today (19.05.2020). Innaa Lillaahi Wa Innaa Ilaihi Raajioon. His departure is an immense loss for the people of Sri Lanka.
Dedicating his life towards the missions of academic and Deen, Dr. Shukri had productive affiliations with ACJU as well. He never hesitated in disseminating valuable advice and guidance in the hours of need. He has participated and delivered thesis orations at many conferences and seminars organized by the ACJU.
Having authored several manifold books, he has served as a lecturer at many Universities in Sri Lanka. As a mentor for thousands of students, he always maintained a neutral approach in his affairs, and maintained a close relationships with the Ulama.
He was known for being passionate towards the academic administration at ‘Jaamiyya Naleemiah’ and his academic contributions continued until his last breath. As a result he is accredited with pride for producing many scholars to this nation.
May Almighty Allah accept all his good deeds, forgive his sins, and associate him among His faithful slaves, May Allah bestow peace and patience to his family, students and associates, Aameen.
Ash Shaikh M.M.A. Mubarak
General Secretary - ACJU
Guidelines regarding the last days of Ramadhaan and the Day of Eid
Having observed the fasts of Ramadhaan amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reached the last few days of this blessed Month.
While we pray for quick relief from the impact of this virus and restoration of normalcy in our livelihoods, during this Holy Month of Ramadhaan, we request everyone to follow the below guidelines.
Guidelines regarding the last part of Ramadhaan:
Guidelines regarding the Day of Eid:
May Almighty Allah accept our good deeds and fasts, and safeguard the entire world from the effects of this virus. Aameen.
Ash Sheikh M.M.A. Mubarak
General Secretary – ACJU
Note: All Trustees of Masjids are kindly requested to make necessary arrangements to read out these guidelines to the public at an appropriate time, via Masjid loudspeakers after Azan, and also ACJU requests everyone to cooperate in implementing these guidelines.
Assalamu Alaikum Warahmathullaahi Wa Barakaathuhu
Some guidelines on carrying out the Zakathul Fitr this year
1. Zakatul Fitr is a charity that becomes obligatory when the crescent for the month of Shawwal is sighted, upon those who can afford it. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Zakatul Fitr purifies the sins of a person who has fasted, and is a sustenance for the poor.”
2. Generally, Zakatul Fitr becomes obligatory upon the sighting of the crescent for Shawwaal. However, according to the Shafi Mad’hab, it can be discharged from the time the crescent of Ramadhan is sighted.
3. Although it would be permissible to give the equivalent monetary value according to the Hanafi Mad’hab, majority of the scholars like Imam Malik, Imam Shafi and Imam Ahmed share the view that the main grain that is consumed has to be given. It cannot be replaced with its equivalent monetary value. This is the most authentic view.
4. The amount payable as Zakatul Fitr “one Saa’”, i.e 2.4 Kilogram per person.
5. Due to the prevailing situation in the country, it would be very difficult to look for those in need and pay the Zakatul Fitr to them personally.
6. We urge the prominent people of the town/Masjid Boards/charity organizations that function in the town to make the following arrangements:
• Decide the value of 2.4 Kilogram of rice, define a payment period,
• Make a public announcement that this would be issued to the needy,
• Collect the payments from those who could afford to pay,
• Purchase the rice on behalf of them,
• Thereafter distribute them among those who are eligible to receive Zakath, before the festival prayers.
Ash Sheikh M.L.M. Ilyas
Secretary – Fatwa Committee
All Ceylon Jammiyyathul Ulama